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Energy and metals help S&P/TSX composite rise more than 150 points

Bank towers are shown from Bay Street in Toronto's financial district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrien Veczan. AV

Canada’s main stock index was up more than 150 points as the energy and base metal stocks helped lead the Toronto market higher in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets were mixed.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 179.24 points at 19,242.15.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 42.34 points at 31,543.02. The S&P 500 index was up 2.18 points at 3,913.92, while the Nasdaq composite was down 36.49 points at 11,571.13.

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The Canadian dollar traded for 77.67 cents US compared with 77.32 cents US on Friday.

The August crude contract was up US$1.76 at US$109.38 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up less than a penny at US$6.28 per mmBTU.

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The August gold contract was down US$6.80 at US$1,823.50 an ounce and the September copper contract was up four cents at US$3.79 a pound.

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